From its inception in 1939, Gowrie Victoria has sought to foster the wellbeing of children and families through the provision of integrated and state-of-the-art services.

Early Learning is the cornerstone of our organisation, providing education and care for children on a part-time and full-time basis, for children from 6 weeks to kindergarten age. There are three centres, one in Carlton North (established in 1939), one at Docklands (established in 2009) and our most recent addition, Broadmeadows Valley. The children are grouped by age across rooms, with qualified early childhood staff in each room. All of our services operate an integrated funded kindergarten program for preschool children.

Gowrie Victoria’s approach to early childhood learning and development is reflected in the Early Years Learning Framework’s (2009) vision to provide children with a sense of Belonging, recognise and celebrate their Being and support their Becoming. Gowrie Victoria implements a play-based emergent curriculum.

The environments are flexible, stimulating, inviting and purposefully arranged to capture children’s interests, ideas and cater to individual needs. The use of natural resources and materials is evident in creating open ended play spaces for children to imagine, create and discover.

To learn more about our approach:

Download the Philosophy of the Children’s Program

Did you know? Child care fee assistance is changing!

From July 2018, three things will determine how much subsidy the Government will contribute to your child care fees:

  1. Combined family income – how much your family earns
  2. Activity level of parents – how much you work, train or volunteer
  3. Type of child care service you access
To find out more, and to estimate what your new subsidy might be, visit